Revolution! Solutions Contest for March: Your 5 Minute Spotlight: People talk about change. They talk about how restless they are, how conditions are intolerable, how something must be done. They stamp their feet and holler and let anger, resentment, and disillusion fill their heads. And when the pressure has been building long enough and enough people are riled up, there is rebellion, revolution, dissent. This is usually the end result of something that’s been long overdue. But then what? Most people don’t plan for the end. They get caught up in a wave of emotion or swept away in a tide of personal attachment. They know something must change, but they’ve no idea what to do if that change actually were to take place. They have nothing to fill the vacuum. So what about you? Imagine, for this exercise, that you actually got five minutes – before the President, a legislative committee, the mayor, the town council, the board of trustees – to convince them of the importance and validity of your project. Is there something in your town that’s an injustice? Is there a crisis that the locals are dealing with that you wish you could escalate to someone [...]
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Our Revolution! leader, Ja-Nae Duane, explains what social good is and gives an invitation to you. Will you join the movement? Interested in joining us? Visit the Our Revolution! website. Connect with the team through social media or our twitter hashtag #OurRev. We look forward to hearing from you!
February is Heart Month. It was one of the reasons why I thought that the first month’s topic for Revolution! Solutions should be Healthcare. So, how is the healthcare system utilizing application technology? Enter guest blogger, Carissa O’Brien: In an emergency, every minute counts. In the case of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), with every minute that passes, survival decreases by 10 percent. Do the math and you can see what the odds are after just 10 minutes. And yet, help can’t always arrive that quickly. But what if the first step to getting the help you need was as simple as reaching into your pocket for your smartphone? Fire and EMS have made great efforts over the last decade to reduce response times and get to victims quickly, and they’ve experienced some great successes. Moving public access defibrillator programs into communities, including in rural areas, also helped reach new milestones. But still, survival rates remain fairly low, and many feel engaging the public to help victims with immediate access to CPR and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are what’s needed to move the needle. Enter the app. You may have seen Techcrunch feature a new localized app called FireDepartment.org. The first [...]
Last week, we began Revolution! Solutions: The Fall of Healthcare. Part of this project is Revolution! Solutions, a 30 day collaborative exchange of ideas around a specific storyline. We are all in this together and the more we brainstorm solutions, the more likely we will be to find solutions that work! Click here to play the game. One of last week’s submissions was by The Economist. Here is their solution: Do you want a sane, sustainable solution to the health care crisis? And the Medicare/Medicaid “crisis”? Single-payer Medicare for all. Eliminate the for-profit private health insurance industry and replace it with a universal, public non-profit insurance program that covers ever man, woman and child from cradle to grave. In other words, just expand Medicare to cover everyone and cut out all of the other middle men who take their respective cuts out of our health care dollars at every stage of the current game. Currently 35 cents of every health care dollar goes to pay for unnecessary administrative overhead due solely to the multiple private bureaucracies of private insurers and providers fighting over who is (or isn’t) going to get paid how much for what. In a $2.5 trillion/year health [...]
As I mention in my post a few weeks ago, this month launches Revolution!, an interactive transmedia project that will empower each and every one of us to help facilitate change in some way, no matter how small. Whether its change at home, in your community, globally or just within you- you will have the tools you need to be the change you wish to see in the world. Part of this project is Revolution! Solutions, a 30 day collaborative exchange of ideas around a specific storyline. We are all in this together and the more we brainstorm solutions, the more likely we will be to find solutions that work! So, let the game begin. What if….. <2011 – the first of the Baby Boomers becomes eligible for MediCare and begins the cycle Gerontologist’s coined, “The Silver Tsunami”. <2015 – the hospital and emergency medical systems in the major cities feel the strain and suffer under a critical shortage of competent staff and teachers to train them. <2019 – the pharmaceutical industry reels from prescription drug benefits in the MediCare package. Their answer is a rate hike that leads to a 40% increase for all medications sold across the board. <2021 [...]